Prospect Watch: Cody Bolton Looks Strong in Season Debut

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time or loses his prospect eligibility (Kevin Newman, Nick Burdi and Pablo Reyes), he will be removed from this list. Everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Travis MacGregor), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from our updated 2019 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Indianapolis – DNP

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-5, RBI

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, BB, SB

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

8. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

9. Jason Martin, OF, Pirates – DNP

10. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-5, 3B, RBI

12. Cody Bolton, RHP, Bradenton – 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

13. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

15. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Greensboro – DNP

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

17. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Greensboro – DNP

18. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – DNP

19. Michael Burrows, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

20. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – DNP

21. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Extended Spring Training – DNP

22. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

23. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

24. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

25. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

28. Blake Weiman, RHP, Altoona – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

30. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP


Indianapolis had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona moved to 5-0 on the season with a 6-3 win over Erie. Pedro Vasquez got the start in place of Gage Hinsz, who was placed on the injured list on Sunday. Vasquez looked strong, allowing one run over five innings, giving up four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. He was pounding the strike zone, with 49 of 66 pitches going for strikes. Yeudy Garcia followed and he tossed three no-hit innings, with one walk and three strikeouts. Tate Scioneaux allowed two runs in the ninth before closing it out.

Logan Hill started at first base for the first time as a pro and had a big day at the plate. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and his first homer of the season. Hill drove in two runs and scored twice. Bligh Madris also hit his first home run of the year. Brett Pope, Jason Delay and Robbie Glendinning each drove in a run. Everyone in the Altoona lineup had at least one strikeout, as the Curve won despite piling up 14 strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton won 6-1 over Charlotte on Monday.

A forearm injury ended the 2017 season early for Cody Bolton, but on Monday he picked up where he left off last year, allowing one run on two hits over five innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. He needed just 60 pitches to get through his night, with 43 going for strikes. Ike Schlabach took over in the sixth and threw four shutout innings to finish out the game. He threw 60 pitches, with 43 going for strikes (sound familiar?).

Gregory Polanco played his second rehab game, this time serving as the DH. He went 1-for-5 with a single, walk and RBI. Oneil Cruz, Adrian Valerio, Lucas Tancas and Daniel Amaral each had two hits. Amaral also had two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base. Travis Swaggerty stole his first base. Valerio and Calvin Mitchell each hit their first triple. Mitchell had two outfield assists.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Greensboro was rained out on Monday. They will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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